Rahul Dravid: India appoint former captain as head coach to replace Ravi Shastri

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Rahul Dravid (right), coached India's Under-19s to their 2018 World Cup victory over Australia

India has appointed Rahul Dravid, a former captain, as its new head coach.

At the conclusion of the ongoing Men's T20 World Cup in Men's T20 format, Dravid (48), will be the batsman in all three formats. He started with New Zealand's tour to India in November and December.

Shastri, 59 an ex-all-rounder, assumed control in 2017. His contract ends at the conclusion of the T20 World Cup.

Dravid said, "It's an absolute honor to be named head coach."

"There will be marquee multi-team events over the next two years. I look forward working with the players, the support staff and to achieving our potential."

The next Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in Australia in October/November next year. India will host the next Men’s 50-over World Cup next year in 2023.

The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), announced the news on Wednesday during India's T20 World Cup victory over Afghanistan.

Right-hander Dravid is fourth in Test run scoring men with 13,288 runs, 36 centuries and 164 matches at an average 52.31.

After Sourav Ganguly's 2005 retirement as captain, he led India in 25 Tests. He won only eight matches but led his side to victory in the 2007 series in England.

Dravid also scored 10,889 runs over 344 one-day inters with 12 centuries at an average 39.16

Dravid, who had not been part the World Cup-winning team in 2010, retired from ODIs. He also quit Test cricket and domestic cricket in 2012.

He is currently the director of cricket operations at India’s National Cricket Academy. From 2016 to 2019, he was the head coach of the India Under-19 and India-A teams, winning the 2018 Under-19 World Cup.

In 2017, Shastri was the first to be appointed to replace Anil Kumar. He led India to the semi-finals at the 50-over World Cup 2019 and the final at the inaugural World Test Championship in June. New Zealand defeated them on both occasions.